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Federal investigations of Hawaii institutions ‘unprecedented’

  • DENNIS ODA / March 1, 2019

    Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a former deputy city prosecutor, walk toward and enter the Federal Courthouse on March 1. The federal investigation into the Kealohas is just one of several ongoing probes in Hawaii that many legal observers are calling unprecedented.

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    Andy Mirikitani. The city councilman was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison in 2001 for theft, bribery, extortion, wire fraud and witness tampering. He offered bonuses to two aides and received kickbacks from them.

  • PHOTO BY KEN SAKAMOTO

    Gary Rodrigues. The former state director of the United Public Workers union was convicted in 2002 of conspiracy, embezzling union money, money laundering and health care fraud. He served more than four years in prison.

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    Daniel Kihano, left. The former state House speaker was convicted in 1997 of money laundering, obstruction of justice and filing a false income tax return after he diverted $27,000 from his campaign fund for personal use. He was released from prison in 1999 because of poor health and died the following year.

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    Milton Holt, left. The former state senator in 1999 pleaded guilty to mail fraud as part of a plea agreement after he was accused of using campaign funds for personal use. He served about six months in a mainland prison.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Nathan Suzuki, center. The former state representative was sentenced in 2005 to three years in prison for conspiring with a Honolulu businessman to defraud the IRS by setting up offshore corporations and bank accounts to avoid tax liability.

The number and breadth of current federal investigations into alleged corruption at Hawaii’s public institutions is unmatched in the state’s history. Read more

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